Chris Johnson hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning as Atlanta beat the New York Mets 4-1 on Wednesday after Braves outfielder Jason Heyward sustained a broken jaw when he was hit by a pitch.
Also in New York, Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, while Ichiro Suzuki got his 4,000th hit between the major leagues and Japan as the Yankees downed the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.
Atlanta got an RBI single from Freddie Freeman and another impressive start by rookie Alex Wood in splitting the two-game series for their 20th victory in 24 games. The Braves also benefited from a disputed call in the 10th.
Andrelton Simmons singled off Scott Atchison (3-2) with two outs and Freeman hit a two-strike grounder back toward the box that ticked off the bottom of Scott Rice’s glove and rolled behind him. The reliever retrieved the ball and fired to first, where Freeman was called safe.
Yankees pitcher David Huff (1-0) allowed one hit over five innings of relief to shut down the Blue Jays before New York finally got to Toronto’s R.A. Dickey.
The 39-year-old Suzuki hit a liner off Dickey (9-12) that bounced just beyond diving third baseman Brett Lawrie for the milestone hit in the first inning.
Suzuki broke a tie with Lou Gehrig when he got his 2,722nd major league hit in his 13th season. The speedy outfielder amassed 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan’s Pacific League.
Also in the American League, Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and scored from second base on a passed ball to help the Detroit Tigers trounce the Minnesota Twins 7-1.
Drew Smyly (5-0) struck out two batters in a perfect inning in relief of Anibal Sanchez. Jose Veras entered with two outs in the eighth inning and closed the game for his first save with the Tigers.
In Arlington, Texas, Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Rangers their major league-leading 40th comeback win of the season in a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3, the Cleveland Indians downed the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 and the Chicago White Sox were 5-2 winners over the Kansas City Royals.
In the National League, Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig hit towering home runs in St Louis’ six-run second inning as the Cardinals held off the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6.
Matt Holliday also homered and Shane Robinson had three hits for the Cardinals, who are one game behind Pittsburgh in the NL Central Division race.
San Diego’s Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, combining with two relievers on a four-hitter, as Yonder Alonso drove in two runs to push San Diego past Pittsburgh 2-1 to avoid a three-game sweep.
In other games, the Philadelphia Phillies edged the Colorado Rockies 4-3, the Los Angeles Dodgers downed the Florida Marlins 4-1, the Cincinnati Reds beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-7 and the Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-6.
In interleague play, Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks each hit a home run, while Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in two runs each as the Boston Red Sox crushed the Giants 12-1.